We believe there is no greater purpose to our work than teaching our students the beauty and strength inherent in dance as an art form, and the joy that comes from exploring the human body and its abilities. Come dance with us!
Our Executive Director: Heidi Heimarck
Since hired in 2012, Ms. Heimarck has expanded The Dance School’s programming to include The Dance Company on Rockefeller – a contemporary dance company for advanced students, annual performances of “Nutcracker”, “I Love to Dance! – studio performances of original and solo work”, and new classes in dance for theater, choreography, stretching/conditioning, jumps & turns and classes for children with sensory processing issues. She worked with the board to name a Director of Education to explore instructor training opportunities and to create and define clear TDS curriculum. Enrollment and annual revenue have each increased by over 25% in Heidi’s four years of leadership.
Heidi’s career in the arts began at the age of nine, when a summer repertory theater company cast her as Joe in ‘Joe Egg’. After college, she became a professional actress in Minneapolis, MN, studied at the Guthrie Theater, and then moved to Seattle, where she was the Founding Artistic Director of Mae West Fest, a co-founder of Union Garage Performance Venue, and directed and performed on many regional stages, including Intiman, Seattle Repertory Theater, A Contemporary Theater, Annex Theater and Theatre Babylon.
Heidi has received playwriting awards from the Jane Chambers International Women’s Playwright Competition, Actors Theater of Louisville, Vermont Studio Center, and is a proud recipient of 14/48’s Glen Mazen Award for artistic innovation in playwriting. Along the way she wrote grants, was a marketing director for A/E firms and coordinated fundraising events and auctions for arts organizations in Seattle.
Heidi manages and lives at Artspace Everett Lofts with her husband Liam and dog Yoshi.
Volunteer Coordinator: Melana Bontrager
The DCR Special Events Coordinator: Melissa Bostrom
Office Assistant/Intern: Cheyenne Beck
Our Board of Directors:
Jennifer Gogert- President
Kensley Fohn – Vice President
Heather Bird – Secretary
Ben Dale – Treasurer
Debbie Hanks – Member
Rodi O’Loane – Member
The Dance School is a unique place. We’re a 100% community funded, non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the art of dance.
In 2006 a group of committed parents and community leaders re-created a dance school in the same building that nurtured the legacies of Betty Spooner and Mike Jordan (pictured in the window above). From a beautiful perch in the historic Vasa Building in downtown Everett, the intent was to provide a home for dancers of all ages and abilities.